Small actions at home that add up to big impacts
Ikea believes that going green starts at home and it has a great variety of products – from energy-saving appliances, LED lamps to water-saving taps – to help you live a sustainable life. The Swedish brand has been embracing the LED technology and by 2016, it aims to produce lighting run solely by LED bulbs. LED bulbs consume 85 per cent less energy than conventional ones and last up to 20 years.
Ikea also offers kitchen taps that reduce water consumption by up to 30 per cent and bathroom taps up to 50 per cent. The secret lies in a pressure compensating aerator, a little device inside the faucet that adds a little bit of air to help you save water. Besides, a wide range of waste bins are available to help you create your own recycling solution.
Wood is one of the most important materials and Ikea is committed to get the most out of this precious commodity by minimising the amount of material needed and by increasing the efficiency of manufacturing. The company is one of the founding members of the Forest Stewardship Council and works with 21 foresters to ensure that all wood is sourced in compliance with international forestry standards. Ikea partners with organisations like Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and WWF to adopt a holistic approach to the complex sustainability issues surrounding cotton production.
Making its facilities more energy efficient is also one of Ikea’s way to provide a positive impact on the Earth. 300,000 solar panels were installed on Ikea buildings around the world. Besides, by shipping more products in one container, the brand has helped decrease carbon dioxide emissions. The Vidja lamp, for example, was redesigned to allow for easier assembly. By eliminating 24 of the original 33 components, its packaging weight is reduced by 28 per cent and because there’s less volume, 128 lamps can be fitted on a pallet, where there were previously only 80. Switching from wood to paper pallets has also reduced the brand’s carbon dioxide emission by 75,000 tonnes a year.
left Sorting bins to help you recycle at home. above The Hamlure recycle bags are suitable for outdoors.